Saturday, January 30, 2010

Bottega Veneta's spring fever

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Before anything, isn't it strange that I'm fretting about the tardiness of my Spring 2010 reviews when it isn't spring yet, not all the labels have their new stuff in stores, and the Fall 2010 reviews I am also scrambling to accomplish won't see rack space until three seasons after? Ok, enough. On to the review...

As promised, here is a "flashback" of the Spring collection, which I find much more stimulating than the Fall 2010 offering. Just look at the first outfit. What's not to like about the tiny teeth marks of the pennyloafers, the gartered hem of the pants, the luxe and lightweight baseball jacket, the belt, and the carryall?

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Here is the tie-dyed effect carried over from one season to another. Better used in spring. Would you trust such a huge piece of woven luggage to airport conveyor belts?

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By the sheen of the fabrics, one can just imagine how soft they feel on the skin.

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The totes look thin and upright enough to carry documents uncreased.

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Psychedelic scarves, bags with Frankenstein stitches, and fantastic hair by the one and only Guido Palau.

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Bags and shoes are not the only ones aflame in this collection. Didn't expect this type of a bracelet, but it jives with the mood and outfit.

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The green I also like. Notice that they have scarves in all sorts of fabrics.

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So he just got out of bed, wearing the same hair and clothes, but at least he has a turquoise croc bag to distract your attention.

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Can't get enough of this green, the red loafers. The leather and metal cuff is one to covet.

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And here come the prints. Floral silhouettes with pencil-fine detailing. Even the zippers go well with the blazer and drawstring pants.

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Pajama patterns. Look closely: leaf or bird? Monochrome: even with eye color? (Refer back to the turquoise bag.)

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I must say I love the styling of this show — nothing serious, but always spot on. Is that a peaked roundneck?

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Matching neon trunks. Fine accessories. Every piece of clothing so soft and lightweight that — when packed for a swim — there's lots of space left in the equally soft woven bags.

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Zippered plum trunk at just about the right length. Summer is just around the corner!

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Shorts with fine (embroidered?) and Liberty-esque butterflies. Though the necklace is subtler. I like the bag, though for a different use and setting.

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First detail shot of the skinny belt with rivets.

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The color of Spring 2010. Or was it Fall 2009? Plum and the other shades of violet have been up and about for quite a while. That's why I said give Fall 2010 a rest!

This of course is not to take away anything from this excellent DB with slight shoulder peaks.

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I wonder which color Tomas Maier named "fever red". This one just has a mild temperature.

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Ah, I suppose this next one stirs the thermometer.

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No, the bag is not sick with spots. It's lust-worthy ostrich.

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I prefer red.

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Now plum takes over your socks.

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Butterflies in tow. Great shirt pattern combination. Is the collar in gingham?

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Probably. The tie reminds me of Dries Van Noten's ikat.

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The fabric bag too. The dye-designed jacket looks as light as a windbreaker.

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When red and plum join forces, you get a berry smoothie.

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This is the type of shoe-sandal I'd wear every day for comfort. No matter if my friends call them grandad footwear.

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Black and plum is glum. Though the bag is more than enough to make anyone happy.

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Got to admit a baseball jacket looks good in the color.

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The "peak" of the previous roundneck is repeated to accentuate the Vs. I think I prefer Dries Van Noten's ethnic prints over this digitalization.

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A silk blouson soft as tissue. (You get my drift.)

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The belt looks better in red. Worn askew just like the jagged collar.

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Was this model shot? He looks as if he were bleeding. I want to see this red print in shorts. Or why not trunks?

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Wouldn't it be cool if the print etchings glowed in the dark? Though of course, that would be another brand.

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This combo is impeccable: midnight blue tuxedo jacket, jeans, checks, and a pocket square that looks like a fire tree flower.

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This time, violet is too much, too plain for the jacket.

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Does better as an accent.

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